InterBase was created in 1985: it was the first commercial multi-versioning database. In the end of 1999, Borland decided to close InterBase development and published its source codes under InterBase Public License. This code was copied (it is permitted by the license), and Firebird was born – from the version 1.0 Firebird is a production-ready database, based on previous decades of InterBase development.
At the end of 2000, Borland turned back to the closed source and commercial licenses (exactly as it was earlier) with InterBase and started development of 6.5.
Firebird 1.0 was released in 2002, with many bugfixes and extensions of DDL and DML. The active Firebird development continued after 1.0, and in 2004 the second major version of Firebird (v.1.5) was released. Borland at that time also has introduced new versions (7.0 and 7.1). Firebird 1.5 and InterBase 7.0 was incompatible both by database format (ODS) and core functionality. The migration from InterBase to Firebird and back with backup/restore is impossible since Firebird 2.0 and InterBase 7.0.
Since then, the difference between Firebird and InterBase became bigger.
Check the full article from IBSurgeon, and see the currently diferences between Interbase and Firebird.
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We are happy to announce the release of Jaybird 3.0.0.
Jaybird 3.0 is a big change from Jaybird 2.2 and earlier. The entire low-level implementation has been rewritten to be able to support protocol improvements in newer Firebird versions. We have also made changes with a stricter interpretation of the JDBC requirements, and removed some parts that were either obsolete or not functioning correctly.
Most notable changes in Jaybird 3:
- Support for wire protocol versions 11, 12, and 13 (without support for encryption and compression); protocol version 13 contributed by Hajime Nakagami
- Support for the Firebird 3 SRP (Secure Remote Password) authentication mechanism (contributed by Hajime Nakagami)
- Support for streaming backup and restore (contributed by Ivan Arabadzhiev)
- Improved Firebird 3 support
- Improved and stricter JDBC support (including improved
java.time support, and more optional methods implemented)
- Initial JDBC 4.3 (Java 9) support (without real module support)
- New implementation of the native/embedded Type 2 driver using JNA (a jaybird
.so is no longer needed)
- Improved character set handling
- Removal of (buggy) connection pool implementation
- Removal/replacement of (internal) GDS API
And a large number of smaller bug fixes, improvements, and changes.
We recommend that you do not consider Jaybird 3.0 a drop-in replacement for Jaybird 2.2, and study the release notes carefully. Test your application with Jaybird 3.0 before using it in production.
Jaybird 3.0 supports Firebird 2.0 and higher, on Java 7, 8 and 9. Basic Java 9 compatibility is provided through the Java 8 version of the driver.
Goal: Translate & Publish Firebird Developer Guide
During 2015-2016 IBSurgeon and the Moscow Exchange sponsored the authoring, in Russian, of step-by-step examples for newbie Firebird developers, with databases in 2.5 and 3.0 format. The work included full source code and parallel examples in Delphi, .Net desktop, .Net MVC, PHP (based on Laravel) and Java (Jaybird 2.x). The main work was done by Denis Simonov, who previously edited the Russian version of the Firebird 2.5 Language Reference that was translated into English and published last year.
The Firebird Project’s 2017 project is to translate this work into English, edit and review it and publish it as the Firebird Developer Guide in the project’s documentation library. For this project, as ever, we need funding. This is your opportunity to make it happen, by contributing whatever you can to our crowdfunding campaign.
To donate, go to here and click the donate button.
Finally the Firebird 3 version for Android was made available for download in the official site. Please note that since this version wasn’t widely tested, you must consider it as experimental.
If you find any problems, please report it to the developers mailing list.
Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 3.0.2 — the second point release in the Firebird 3.0 series.
This sub-release offers many bug fixes (including fix for a recently reported security vulnerability) and also adds a few minor features and improvements, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes. Binary kits for Windows and Linux on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are immediately available for download.
Not using Firebird 3 yet? Get the Migration Guide to Firebird 3 and save you a lot of time in the migration process!
I’m pleased to announce that FirebirdNews site now uses a modern adaptive theme, meaning that it will display correctly in several screen sizes, including mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
Carlos H. Cantu
Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 2.5.7 — the latest minor release in the Firebird 2.5 series.
This sub-release introduces several bug fixes (including fix for a recently reported security vulnerability) and a few improvements, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes. Binary kits for Windows and Linux on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are immediately available for download. Binary kits for Mac OS X will follow shortly.
Firebird Project is happy to announce general availability of Firebird 3.0.1 — the first point release in the Firebird 3.0 series.
This sub-release offers many bug fixes and also adds a few improvements, please refer to the Release Notes for the full list of changes. Binary kits for Windows and Linux on both 32-bit and 64-bit platforms are immediately available for download.
Do you plan to move to Firebird 3? Wanna avoid unnecessary headaches? Check out the Migration Guide to Firebird 3 right now!